We believe in donating 10% of our earnings to help building the kingdom of God through tithing. Some believe it a lot to give but I wholeheartedly believe that the gifts, growth and sweet blessing from willing donations are REAL. The blessings far outweigh what could be had in worldly goods. I have personally witnessed the guidance, appreciation for what we do have and personal growth we have experienced in our little home and I link it to our diligence to contribute 10% of our earnings to tithing.
I created this worksheet for a lesson called, “Why do we pay tithing” from the YW “Come follow me” manua. It helps outline the blessings, where the funds go and attitude we must have in paying tithing. Here is the download:
I gave my class these resources to help fill out the worksheet:
Henry B. Eyring, “The Blessings of Tithing,” Liahona, June 2011, 4–5
David A. Bednar, “The Windows of Heaven,” Ensign or Liahona,Nov. 2013, 17–20
“Tithing,” True to the Faith (2004), 180–82
I LOVE this quote by Elder Bednar that I put at the end of the worksheet,”The honest payment of tithing is much more than a duty; it is an important step in the process of personal sanctification.”
For me, it really is more than the money, or simply because we are commanded, it is the character we are chiseling out as we live laws that help us become more like Heavenly Father. If we can be free of any attachment to the things of this world, even to MONEY, it has no dominion over us and we are FREE! WE have dominion over it! We are given the power and wisdom to manage it optimally and share it freely! As we do so we open the windows of Heavens even wider to receive more and more power to give more. It is a beautiful and replenishing thing.